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Sigmond Mekosky

Sigmond Mekosky, 90, passed away July 11, 2002, at Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He had been a resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., since 1988.

Ruth Estella Dixon

Ruth Estella Dixon, 89, a life long Harborite, died at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born in East Hoquiam, on November 15, 1924, the daughter of Harry H. and Celesta Blanche (Hawkins) Hartley. She was raised in East Hoquiam until the 7th grade when the family moved into town. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1942.

Arnold J. Schmidt

On Saturday April 5, 2014, Arnold J. Schmidt, of Montesano, passed away peacefully at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89. Arnold was born on June 1, 1924, in Montesano, to Alfred and Mayme Schmidt( Bryant) and was raised his whole life in Montesano. On June 27, 1952, he married the love of his life Neva Valentine in Montesano and spent 62 great years together.

Jeffrey Owen Shuster

Jeffrey Owen Shuster, a resident of Hoquiam, passed away at his home on Friday, March 14, 2014. He was 71. Jeffrey was born on January 13, 1943, to John and Clara (Hopkins) Shuster, in Long Beach, Calif. Jeffrey graduated with the Class of 1961, in Manitou Springs, Colo. He taught Sunday school in Idaho, from 1975 through 1978. He moved to the Grays Harbor area in 1985.

Arlene Patricia DeLaCruz

Arlene Patricia DeLaCruz, a lifelong Grays Harbor resident, passed away peacefully surrounded with family and friends in Olympia on April 5, 2014. Arlene was born on October 25, 1943, in Aberdeen, to Joseph and Edna (Lane) DeLaCruz and attended Moclips High School. She was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.

Robert Eugene Putnam Sr.

Longtime Copalis Beach resident Robert Eugene Putnam Sr. passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was 83. Robert was born August 19, 1930, in Lawrence County, Washington, to Israel and Martha (Howen) Putnam.

Kay Frances Homchick

Kay Frances Homchick, 77, passed away on April 3, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. Kay was born on April 26, 1936, in Bison, Kan., to Charles and E. Pearl (Gerboth) Tessell. They moved to McCleary when she was 10 years old.

Donna Stamwitz

Long time Hoquiam resident Donna Stamwitz passed away at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in the presence of her husband, Alan and her daughter, Katie. She was 64. Donna was born on January 1, 1950, to Franz and Martha Gruber in Aberdeen. She graduated in 1968, from Aberdeen Weatherwax High School and married Alan Stamwitz on August 14, 1971, in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Aberdeen.

Mark Wilhyde

Mark Wilhyde passed away on February 15, 2014. He was an accomplished athlete enjoying tennis, skiing, golf, swimming, soccer, mountain climbing, cycling, road rally and had great memories of playing hockey for the UW. His favorite team to watch was Manchester United and he closely followed F-1 racing.

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Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson, 75, a longtime Cosmopolis resident beloved husband, father and brother died Thursday, March 20, 2014, peacefully at home in Cosmopolis. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, we will all miss his forever smile and the twinkle in his eye, and even if you had just met him you were his friend. He was a very giving person and was always there to help anybody in need.

Lillian France Taylor September 5, 1910 - March 15, 2014

Lillian France Taylor, 103, of Albany, Ore., passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at her home. She was born in Elma, the daughter of Earle and Leo B. France. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Taylor; and a sister, Elizabeth Heisel. She is survived by a son, Jon Taylor and wife, Sandy of Albany, Ore.; three grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

James W. “Jim” Oestreich

James W. “Jim” Oestreich, passed away quietly on February 23, 2014, in Olympia. He was born in Seattle on October 23, 1931, to Lee and Jerelda Oestreich, and in 1946, the family moved to Portland, Ore., and then to Hoquiam later that year. He also met his future wife while in Hoquiam. He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1950, and Grays Harbor College in 1952. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Washington State College in 1954, and was instantly offered a position at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center in Calif., to work at the Michelson Lab, a research center devoted to developing air-to-air missiles.

John Thomas Halkola

John Thomas Halkola, 75, a resident of Tokeland, died on February 25, 2014, at Pacific Care Center, in Hoquiam. John had an out going nature which made him innumerable friends wherever he went. Everybody knew John cared about his friends and family.

Dorothy M. Lemon

Dorothy (Dot) Lemon, 71, beloved wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, passed away March 10, 2014. Dot was born on January 7, 1943, in Seattle, to Jack and Dorothy (Cowell) Tillman. She spent most of her youth from the age of four to the age of 22, in Spokane, where she was raised by her mother and her step-father, Roy (Mickey) Brown (deceased). She graduated from North Central High School in 1961. It was during her high school years that she met her future husband, John N. Lemon. After graduating, Dot worked as a secretary at the Crescent department store for several years. She exhibited exceptional typing and shorthand skills. It was a job she always remembered fondly. Soon after marrying, John and Dot moved to the Grays Harbor area and they lived in Aberdeen and Hoquiam for another 42 years. For the rest of her life, Dot would remain a homemaker. Seven years ago, Dot and John moved back to Spokane to be closer to their son and grandchildren.